Happy Mexican Independence Day!

Or Cinco De Mayo, as all the Americans like to call it.

Fun fact: The ‘Father of the Nation’ Miguel Hidalgo, a Roman Catholic priest known for the Grito de Dolores, a speech that he gave on Sept. 16th, 1810 and which sparked the revolution and who was a major leader of the rebel army, was actually imprisoned and executed by firing squad in my hometown of Chihuahua, Mexico. His head was then put on display at the Alhóndiga de Granaditas (public granary) in Guanajuato and stayed there for 10 years until the revolution ended. And that’s just one of my home city’s many claims to fame…

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The celebration actually begins on September 15th, when at 11pm, the president steps out onto the balcony of the presidential palace and reenacts the Grito then rings the historic libery bell. Then there’s insane fireworks. It’s all pretty badass.

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You can learn more about this incredibly important day in Mexican history here.

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